Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlie Thomas.

Give Blood.

Crimson was Kris Markovich's company after he left Blind in the mid 2000s. It did not last too long and Kris soon started the Given. The graphics featured a lot of his own art. The team included Richie Belton, James Atkin, Danny Scher, Anthony "Ragdoll" Scalamare, and a few others.

Charlie is from Louisiana. He has ridden for H-Street, G & S, Scarecrow, Hollywood, and Crimson. Charlie also served as a team manager for several companies over the years. Currently he is involved with Preservation Skateboards out of New Orleans.

I threw out the pair of shoes I had been skating in for the last four months when I got home last night. They smelled really bad. The left sole was down to the insole by the toes and the duct tape wasn't sticking. The heels were worn out, but that was more from daily wear for the few months I wore them to break in. Did I mention they smelled really bad?

Skateboarder - October 2007 Volume 17 Number 2

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Darren Navarrette #9.

The Vertical Vampire goes horizontal across the channel at Kelly Belmar's backyard bowl.

Wasn't there a 411 spot check on this pit and Chicken's pool?

Congrats to Nora Vasconcellos on turning pro for Welcome.

A reader emailed about CCS catalogs so I'm going to do another week of those after Labor Day. It will be three from the early 1990s and then one from later on for comparison purposes.

Slap - November 2007 Volume 16 Number 11

Monday, August 14, 2017

Matt Field #5.

Turn on, tune in, drop out.

Skateboarder - December 2007 Volume 17 Number 4

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mike Rusczyk #4.

Trendspotter Acrobat.

You never really associate the idea of caught clean with a no-comply kickflip, but it does happen. Retired Foundation pro Mike Rusczyk was way ahead of modern skateboarding in the way back when. My 43s are still mostly good, but my no-comply game has dropped off as of late. I can get the perfect pop over the curb, but I usually can't make myself jump back on while the board is in the air. Getting old sucks.

The photograph is by Brian Gaberman.

Skateboarder - August 2007 Volume 16 Number 12

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Danny Fuenzalida #2.

Switch Flip Physics.

Danny is from Santiago, Chile. He got into skateboarding in the early 1990s. He even spent a year in Canada for school as a teenager where he got to see guys like Alex Chalmers and Rick McCrank shred the parks of Vancouver. Danny would end up moving to San Francisco and turning pro for Think. He later moved to Miami, Florida. Venture and Nike also sponsored him.

The photo is by Dan Zaslavsky.

Slap - November 2007 Volume 16 Number 11

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dennis Busenitz #3.

Going faster miles an hour.

Slap - November 2007 Volume 16 Number 11

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Eduardo Craig.

The Big City.

City was a branch of Street Corner Distribution that was approximately around from 2005 to 2010. Street Corner was the overall company for Think, Venture, and Hubba Wheels. They went with a more metropolitan look for City. The team included Dave Bachinsky, Josh Matthews, Jeremy Reeves, Russ Milligan, Alex Klein, Tony Montgomery, and Jimmy Cao.

Eduardo is from Moreno Valley, California. He was also sponsored by Split Clothhing, Independent Trucks, Hubba Wheels, and Lucky Bearings. His favorite spot was downtown Los Angeles with his iPod. Switch 360 flips were his warm-up trick of choice, which means he had some serious skills. I don't recall if he ever went pro.

For the information: Skateboarder - July 2007 Volume 16 Number 11

Slap - October 2007 Volume 16 Number 10